First United Methodist Church Westfield

Saturday Message

Posted by on Apr 14, 2018

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow is the third Sunday in Easter, and we continue exploring some of the resurrection appearance of Jesus. This week we’ll look at Luke 24, the story of the disciples walking along the Road to Emmaus. You may remember that two followers of Jesus were on the seven-mile trek from Jerusalem to Emmaus, lamenting the fact that the one they had hoped would save the people was now dead and buried. The risen Jesus appeared with them and walked and talked with them on their journey, but they didn’t know who he was.

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Saturday Message

Posted by on Mar 31, 2018

Dear Friends,

Today is the day the Church has historically called Holy Saturday, the day of waiting between Jesus’ crucifixion and death, and his resurrection. Today is the last day of Holy Week during which we remember Christ’s passion and death, and before we celebrate His resurrection.

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Saturday Message

Posted by on Mar 24, 2018

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the day we recognize Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. It was the last week of his life, and he began the week on the back of a donkey. Not exactly the conquering hero so many had hoped for. More than 2000 years later we continue looking for the same thing—someone to come in power, to challenge our enemies and address the grievances we feel, someone to see the world like we do.

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Saturday Message

Posted by on Mar 18, 2018

Dear Friends,

In church tomorrow we will look at a passage that could hardly be more relevant to some of our deepest needs – John 12:20-33. In it, a group of Greeks come to Philip and say to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” In our heart of hearts, isn’t that what most of us want, as well? When Philip (along with Andrew) reports this to Jesus, Jesus (strangely, to us) begins to talk about his own death. Tomorrow we will try to see what Jesus is saying in his unusual reply to the desire of some newcomers who want to see him.

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Saturday Message

Posted by on Mar 11, 2018

Dear Friends,

As a quick reminder, don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour tonight (remember the aphorism “spring forward, fall back). The hard part is that we all lose one hour of sleep tonight, but the good part is that tomorrow we begin to enjoy more daylight hours and warming temperatures.

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Saturday Message

Posted by on Mar 3, 2018

Dear Friends,

Nancy and I are out of town this weekend, and I am very pleased that Connie Palmer will be preaching and leading the service. Rev. Iliff will be present to celebrate communion, and Kathryn Bager will be our Lay Reader. Kathryn and Connie work together as Confirmand and Mentor as part of this year’s Confirmation class.

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